Stop Saying The Women's March Is for All Women
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Stop Saying The Women's March Is for All Women

Not Everyone Wants To Be Associated

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Stop Saying The Women's March Is for All Women
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"Reality TV is ubiquitous and revered in this country. That’s obvious to everyone. But somehow it’s surprising that a reality TV star is now president" -@J.ournalpoems (Is Morality Relevant?)

As you probably know, the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, there was a Women's March that spread across the country. Millions of women, men, and children took to the streets to protest for their rights and against many of the stances that Trump has taken. Even though I don't agree with many concepts that were being protested, I believe that peaceful protest and standing up for you believe in is a good thing. Freedom of speech is one of the rights we are privileged with because we are citizens of this country.

However, do not claim that you are protesting for all women.

As a woman, I do not wish to be associated with a group of women that protest by yelling vulgar words, holding explicit signs, and wearing pink vaginas on their heads. Do you expect to be taken seriously or seen as an intellectual person when you can't come up with words to use that aren't curse words? Madonna took to the stage in Washington and gave a speech stating a "love over hate" mission. CNN was live streaming a short piece of her speech while she said, "It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f*** up." I would rather not be associated with a woman that caused a news network to apologize for streaming her speech. Is this the best spokes person you could come up with?

Many were also outraged when the tape of Trump was released that displayed him saying "grab 'em by the p****"." I agree that the use of this word is disgusting no matter what the circumstances. That being said, when you were holding signs that also contain this vulgar word and/or a joke about it, what makes you any better? Melissa Benoist, star of Supergirl, took to Instagram to show off her sign that read: "Hey Donald, don't try to grab my p**** - it's made of steel." At what point did it become acceptable to condemn someone for using a word and then turn around and slap it on a sign to protest it?

Again, I don't excuse his use of the word or the context of it. In fact, I despise it. However, that doesn't mean it suddenly becomes okay for people to stick it on a protest sign and wave it down the street for everyone to see. The words that came out of his mouth are pretty similar to any rap song that is glorified on the radio or shoots to number one on iTunes. Any mainstream rapper can get away with it because they are idolized, but as soon as it comes out of the mouth of someone with a different opinion than you? Oh, then it's an outrage.

This double standard is unreal. Who is the last person you saw protesting Kanye's song "Drunk and Hot Girls"? As if it isn't demeaning to say "We go through too much bulls*** just to mess with these drunk and hot girls"? Why can you listen to this through headphones but condemn a man that said it over ten years ago (not to mention there wasn't even any talk of him running for president at this point).

I am all for equal pay for men and women; however, I don't feel "oppressed" or less of a human being because men supposedly make more money than women. In fact, I believe in the scheme of it all, it's one of our countries smaller problems. I think it is probably safe to say that a lot of the women that marched went home to a warm house, a decent job, and maybe even a family. That is more than some women in third world countries have. I believe many women in America have never known true oppression so the smallest inconvenience may seem like a reason to protest.

After the protest you go home and probably post a picture of a funny sign you saw.Then what? Trump is already in office so if you think standing outside for a day is going to change that, you are mistaken. If you really want change then take action. Call your senator. Meet with someone in power so you can actually voice your opinion in an intelligent way. Because once everyone has gone home, the cameras are off, and the streets are cleared, nothing is left. The news moves on.

For all the women saying "Well, they are fighting for your rights too, you should be thankful," I do want rights. I do believe I have rights. I'm glad that there are people who are willing to stand up for what they believe is right. It isn't that I don't want my rights fought for. It is simply that I don't want this group representing me. The group shouting profanities on live television and leaving obscene protest signs as trash in the street is not who I want representing me as a women.

So no, you aren't protesting for all women.

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